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McCain surges ahead with Super Tuesday wins

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Republican primaries are on the way this week and next, but John McCain has already staked his claim as the party's clear favorite. McCain rounded up more delegates than his two rivals combined in yesterday's Super Tuesday contests. With victories from New York to California, McCain now has 613 delegates, at the latest count, more than half the number needed to clinch the nomination. Mitt Romney has 269 delegates and Mike Huckabee 190. Nine of yesterday's Republican contests were winner-take-all, and that's where McCain piled up his lead. Still, Romney and Huckabee vow to keep fighting. Romney's wins included his home state of Massachusetts and also Utah, where he was supported by fellow Mormons. Huckabee found support among Bible Belt states, and tells CBS' "The Early Show" that he still wants to be "the irresistible choice" for president. Republicans will vote in Louisiana, Washington state and Kansas on Saturday, and in D.C., Maryland and Virginia on Tuesday.

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